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OVER - REACHING

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OVER - REACHING, Over-stepping. These in old books of farriery were termed according to their situation in the heel, or above the fetlock joint, the higher and the nether attaint; from the French, atteint. These accidents sometimes happen from the toe of the hind foot being too long, and not squared off. It may also occur from bad riding, in pulling up a horse badly, and making him gallop false, as it is termed. Whenever the wound is such as to leave a flap of skin, whether it be upwards, downwards, or sideways, it should be immediately cut off as close as possible; a re-union of the parts can never happen, and by leaving the flap, and attempting to effect the re-union of the parts, there would be thickening and a greater blemish, and its removal would be found necessary at last. This may be considered as a contused wound, and to all such wounds a poultice is the best remedy. This probably will be doubted by surgeons; but in horse surgery it will be found the best practice. When the inflammation has been completely subdued by this poultice, the astringent paste may be applied, and nothing more done for two days, when it is to be soaked and washed off, and a similar dressing laid on. Three or four of these dressings will generally effect a cure. Astringent paste, finely powdered alum and pipe-clay, in equal proportions; water enough to give it the consistence of cream. When the wound is perfectly healed, a little salad-oil or hog's-lard may be necessary to soften the cicatrix.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835

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